Nicaragua’s ‘reign of fear’, the media’s post-advertising future, and what to expect in cybersecurity in 2019
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- With journalists jailed and activists in hiding, Nicaragua enters a new ‘reign of fear’. “Reporters for an online news site are writing their stories in secret locations. Editors of the country’s only 24-hour news network have been jailed. And employees of a major human rights organization have escaped into the mountains.”
- Bangladeshi journalist arrested for reporting election irregularities. Police also want to question another journalist for reporting ‘false information’ about voting.
- The media’s post-advertising future is also its past. “As the news business shifts back from advertisers to patrons and readers (that is to say, subscribers), journalism might escape that “view from nowhere” purgatory and speak straightforwardly about the world in a way that might have seemed presumptuous in a mid-century newspaper. Journalism could be more political again, but also more engaging again.”
- Judgment Day for journalism. As legacy news organizations falter, digital upstarts are scaling to meet demand.
- Here’s what to expect in cybersecurity in 2019. If you thought 2018 was a tough year for tech, 2019 is going to be so much worse. The groundwork we laid this year will roll over into the next, and that’s when things will start to hit hard, from new laws and political (in)decisions to privacy issues and how employees — not companies — will start to call the shots.
- How Der Spiegel was deceived by a fabulist. As Spiegel editor Ullrich Fichtner writes in a lengthy announcement of the scandal, “As an editor and section head, your first reaction when receiving stories like this is to be pleased, not suspicious. You are more interested in evaluating the story based on criteria such as craftsmanship, dramaturgy, and harmonious linguistic images than on whether it’s actually true.”
- Nieman Lab annual end-of-year predictions (more than 200) for what’s coming for journalism in 2019. Each year, they ask some of the smartest people in journalism and digital media what they think is coming in the next 12 months. Here’s what they had to say.